The Amazing World of Gumball (season 1)

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The Amazing World of Gumball (season 1)
The Amazing World of Gumball – The Party box cover.jpg
Cover art for The Party, the most recent home video release containing episodes of the first season
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
No. of episodes 36
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run May 3, 2011[1] – March 13, 2012
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 28, 2012 (volume 1)
January 15, 2013 (volume 2)
August 13, 2013 (volume 3)
Season chronology
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Season 2
List of The Amazing World of Gumball episodes

The first season of the British-American animated comedy television series The Amazing World of Gumball originally aired from May 3, 2011[1] and March 13, 2012 on Cartoon Network. Consisting of 36 episodes, the season premiered with the episode "The DVD" and concluded with the episode "The Fight". The season premiere was watched by 2.120 million viewers in the United States.

Reception

Ratings

The season premiere "The DVD" was watched by 2.120 million viewers in the United States, and received a 0.4 rating in the 18–49 demographic Nielsen household rating.[2] Nielsen ratings are audience measurement systems that determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States, which means that the episode was seen by 0.8 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds at the time of the broadcast.

Critical reception

The A.V. Club '​s Noel Murray graded the DVD release of the series' first 12 episodes a B+, writing that "what sets [The Amazing World of Gumball] apart from the many other super-silly, semi-anarchic cartoons on cable these days is that it features such a well-developed world, where even with the eclectic character designs, there are recognizable traits and tendencies."[3] "Z." of GeekDad gave the first volume DVD a positive review; he praised the season for having "genuine heart even as the plots themselves transition from well-worn TV tropes to all out madness."[4] He panned the lack of extra features on the disc, but said "[the disc] at least gives viewers the opportunity to experience the show's delightful theme song, ... often truncated during television broadcasts ..."[4]

Tyler Foster of DVD Talk gave the first season a lukewarm review.[5] In reviewing the first DVD volume, he praised the "knockout" visuals but felt the animation was "relatively simple, even when it's going exaggerated for a gag."[5] He was weary of the morals presented in the premiere, and found the comedy throughout the volume "anemic".[5] He criticized the lack of extra features on the disk, saying the single character gallery "was so anemic I can't even give it half a star."[5] DVD Verdict reviewer Paul Pritchard gave the first volume 88 out of 100.[6] He praised the season for its visuals, which he felt complemented the series' "anarchic nature".[6] He stated that while the moral lessons aimed toward family audiences, he stated that, "in something of a twist, such lessons are completely lost on Gumball and his pals—something I personally took great delight in."[6] However, he wrote that the lack of a selection extras was "pretty poor."[6] Mac McEntire of the same website also applauded the season's visuals but stated "laughs are hit or miss", and that the randomness of the humor was "its biggest detriment"; he gave the second volume 75 out of 100.[7] Nancy Basile of About.com favored "The Ghost" out of the third DVD volume; she praised the series as a "smart, fast-paced, hilarious cartoon."[8]

Episodes

The Amazing World of Gumball season 1 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date[1] U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 1 "The DVD" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) 2.120[9]
Gumball and Darwin accidentally destroy a late rental DVD and attempt to avoid the consequences.
2 2 "The Responsible" Ben Bocquelet, Andrew Brenner, Jon Foster, Mic Graves, & James Lamont May 9, 2011 (2011-05-09) 1.952[10]
Gumball and Darwin attempt to show their responsibility by babysitting Anais while their parents are at a school meeting.
3 3 "The Third" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Sam Ward May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) 1.958[11]
Gumball and Darwin grow bored of one another and seek out a third friend to make their lives more exciting.
4 4 "The Debt" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster & James Lamont May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) 1.958[11]
Believing that his life has been saved by Mr. Robinson, Gumball vows to repay his debt by saving Mr. Robinson's life.
5 5 "The End" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster & James Lamont May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23) 1.893[12]
Gumball and Darwin, thinking that the world will end in 24 hours, decide to make the most out of their remaining time.
6 6 "The Dress" Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, & David Cadji Newby May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23) 1.893[12]
When his clothes are shrunk in the washing machine by his father, Gumball is forced to wear his mother's wedding dress to school. Soon, everyone at his school—especially Darwin—thinks that Gumball in the dress is a beautiful girl.
7 7 "The Quest" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster & James Lamont May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30) 1.903[13]
Gumball and Darwin help Anais get her beloved doll back after it is lost on the way to school.
8 8 "The Spoon" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30) 1.903[13]
When buying a last-minute gift for their mom, Gumball and Darwin become unwitting accomplices in a stick-up at a gas station.
9 9 "The Pressure" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Sam Ward June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06) 2.175[14]
When Masami claims that Darwin is her boyfriend, Gumball vows to help his friend before he gets kissed.
10 10 "The Painting" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13) 1.958[15]
Principal Brown assumes that Anais finds her family dysfunctional after seeing a picture drawn by her, so he begins to meddle in their family life.
11 11 "The Laziest" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
N/A
Gumball and Darwin challenge their father to a laziness competition, with the loser having to do the winner's chores.
12 12 "The Ghost" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves June 27, 2011 (2011-06-27)
N/A
When a ghost named Carrie possesses Gumball's body in order to eat, he must learn to say "no" to her.
13 13 "The Mystery" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11) 2.528[16]
When his class finds Principal Brown wrapped up in toilet paper, shaved, and covered in green paint, Gumball decides to try and find the culprit or else face detention.
14 14 "The Prank" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont July 18, 2011 (2011-07-18) 1.910[17]
Gumball and Darwin's pranks on Richard get out of hand.
15 15 "The Gi" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont July 25, 2011 (2011-07-25) 2.301[18]
Gumball and Darwin are ridiculed for their martial-arts costumes by their schoolmates, and their mother tries to convince them to take them off.
16 16 "The Kiss" Ben Bocquelet & Mic Graves August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01) 2.184[19]
A kiss from Granny Jojo traumatizes Gumball.
17 17 "The Party" Ben Bocquelet & Mic Graves August 8, 2011 (2011-08-08) 1.853[20]
Gumball and his friends are invited to a high-school party hosted by Tobias's sister Rachel, but they must find dates in order to attend.
18 18 "The Refund" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont August 15, 2011 (2011-08-15) 2.102[21]
Gumball and Darwin go to great lengths to get their money back from an incompatible video game, but the rental store's policy prevents them from getting it.
19 19 "The Robot" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont August 22, 2011 (2011-08-22) 2.059[22]
Gumball decides to help Bobert act like a real boy. However, it soon becomes a battle for his very identity when the robot plots to take over his life.
20 20 "The Picnic" Ben Bocquelet, James Lamont, & Mic Graves August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29) 1.906[23]
During a school field trip, Gumball and Darwin ignore their teacher's warning to go around a dangerous forest and, instead, traverse through it. Hopelessly lost, they must use what very little survival skills they have to escape.
21 21 "The Goons" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves September 5, 2011 (2011-09-05) 2.719[24]
Anais tries to "dumb down" in order to have fun with her brothers and father. Gumball, feeling left out, sets up a race in order to win his father back.
22 22 "The Secret" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) 2.053[25]
When Gumball discovers that Darwin is hiding a terrible secret that is about him, he vows to do whatever it takes to find out what it is.
23 23 "The Sock" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Sam Ward October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03) 2.000[26]
Mr. Small teaches Gumball and Darwin various ways of becoming more honest.
24 24 "The Genius" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10) 1.804[27]
With Darwin taken to an institute for geniuses, Gumball tries to become smart in order to join him. Meanwhile, Nicole and Richard cope with the possibility of never seeing Darwin again by bringing in Rocky, the school janitor.
25 25 "The Poltergeist" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, Mic Graves, & Sam Ward October 17, 2011 (2011-10-17) 2.109[28]
Richard believes that the house is haunted when Gumball allows Mr. Robinson to live in the attic without telling him.
26 26 "The Mustache" Ben Bocquelet & Mic Graves November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21) 2.084[29]
Gumball and Darwin develop a strange growth spurt and experience the highs and lows of being adults.
27 27 "The Date" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont November 28, 2011 (2011-11-28) 2.196[30]
Gumball learns how to date so he can go out on a date with Penny. It later turns out, however, that he is going to a funeral, not a date.
28 28 "The Club" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves December 5, 2011 (2011-12-05) 2.182[31]
When Gumball turns down an offer to join the Rejects Club, they seek to enact revenge against him.
29 29 "The Wand" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24) 1.834[32]
When Richard believes a toy wand in a cereal box is genuine, his sons must make his various wishes come true.
30 30 "The Ape" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) 1.791[33]
Miss Simian cozies up to Gumball in order to win an award.
31 31 "The Car" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) 1.681[34]
Gumball and Darwin are eager enough to do numerous chores at Mr. Robinson's house, until they accidentally destroy his car.
32 32 "The Curse" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14) 1.910[35]
Gumball's good day turns from bad to worse throughout his school day, much to the point where he believes he is cursed.
33 33 "The Microwave" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21) 1.852[36]
Gumball takes every gross thing he can find and creates a creature with a cannibalistic appetite.
34 34 "The Meddler" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, & James Lamont February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28) 1.692[37]
Seeing Gumball in need of attention, Nicole hangs out with him at school, which becomes increasingly embarrassing for her son.
35 35 "The Helmet" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Tommy Panays March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) 1.958[38]
Gumball wears a lucky helmet, but it tears his family apart.
36 36 "The Fight" Ben Bocquelet, Jon Foster, James Lamont, & Mic Graves March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) 2.103[39]
Tina Rex demands to have a fight with Gumball.

DVD releases

The Amazing World of Gumball: The DVD
Set details[40] Special features[40]
  • Character gallery
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[40] TBA TBA
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery
Set details[41] Special features[41]
  • Character gallery
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)[41] TBA TBA
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Party
Set details[42] Special features[42]
  • Character gallery
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)[42] TBA TBA

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